William Clothier

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William Clothier
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Full name William Jackson Clothier
Country  United States
Born (1881-09-27)September 27, 1881
Sharon Hill, PA, USA
Died September 4, 1962(1962-09-04) (aged 80)
Philadelphia, USA
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1956 (member page)
Highest ranking No. 4 (1906, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 4R (1905)
US Open W (1906)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1912)

William 'Bill' Jackson Clothier (September 27, 1881 in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania – September 4, 1962 in Philadelphia) was a male tennis player from the United States.


Clothier reached the singles final of the United States Championships three times. In his first final appearance in 1904 he lost in three straight sets to compatriot Holcombe Ward. Two years later, in 1906, Clothier achieved his greatest success by emphatically beating Beals Wright in the final in three straight sets at the Newport Casino. This despite breaking his pelvic bone in a riding accident earlier that year.[2] His last final appearance came in 1909 when he lost in five sets to William Larned who claimed his fifth singles title.[3]

He was a member of the winning USA Davis Cup Team in 1905 and 1909 and won both his singles matches in the 1909 final against the British Isles.[4]

Together with his son, William J. Clothier II, they two won the national father-son title twice.[5]

Clothier was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1956 and he was elected as its first President in 1954.[6]

Playing style[edit]

In their book R.F. and H.L. Doherty - On Lawn Tennis (1903) multiple Wimbledon champions Reginald and Lawrence Doherty described Clothier's playing style:

On Lawn Tennis - 1903[7]

Grand Slam record[edit]

U.S. Championships[edit]

  • Singles champion: 1906
  • Singles finalist: 1904, 1909
  • Mixed Doubles finalist: 1912

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]


Titles (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1906 U.S. Championships United States Beals Wright 6–3, 6–0, 6–4

Runner-ups (2)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1904 U.S. Championships United States Holcombe Ward 8-10, 4-6, 7-9
1909 U.S. Championships United States William Larned 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, 1-6


  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 34.
  2. ^ "Clothier Beats Wright for the Tennis Title.". The New York Times. 30 Aug 1906. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Champion Larned Retains his Title". The New York Times. 28 Aug 1909. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Davis Cup - Profile William Clothier". ITF. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "William Clothier, 86, Spy and Tennis Star". The New York Times. 3 Nov 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers - William Clothier". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Doherty, R.F. (1903). R.F. and H.L. Doherty on Lawn Tennis (1st ed.). London: Lawn Tennis. pp. 62–63. 

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